CHAZY — Pam Moser and Amy House carried hope with them as they traveled to Newtown on Saturday.
The world mourned with that Connecticut community on 12/14, for it marked a year since gunman Adam Lanza killed 20 Sandy Hook Elementary School first-graders and also six adults.
Today, however, a Christmas Box Angel statue will be dedicated in Newtown, giving the loved ones of those children — and they were all someone’s children, regardless of age, it is said — a place to grieve, remember and find solace.
Moser has been a kind of “angel assistant” as the money was raised to buy and erect the statue, for she was among the small group that brought the monument to Chazy’s Riverside Cemetery 11 years ago and was able to share her knowledge and offer encouragement over almost a year of effort.
And she will offer some words of hope at the dedication in Newtown at 7 tonight.
“Every year, as we stand around our Christmas Box Angel, our hearts will join with yours as we remember our little angels, our treasures in heaven,” she shared an excerpt from her short address via phone from Connecticut.
Chazy resident Carolyn Tetreault had set the stage for Moser’s involvement with those in Newtown who worked to bring an angel there, for after the shooting, she asked the Chazy Angel of Hope Group to hold a candlelight vigil in memory of those who perished at Sandy Hook Elementary.
They did so on the bitterly cold night of New Year’s Eve, and through that event, Moser was connected to Lisa Brown of Newtown.
“We bonded immediately,” Moser said. “Lisa lost a daughter a few years ago, and she always wanted to have an angel in Newtown. When this tragedy happened, she just felt the energy to do this.”